Sun Communities (NYSE: SUI) and Campus Crest Communities (NYSE:CCG) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sun Communities and Campus Crest Communities’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sun Communities $936.86 million 7.22 $443.91 million $0.70 122.40
Campus Crest Communities N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Sun Communities has higher revenue and earnings than Campus Crest Communities.

Dividends

Sun Communities pays an annual dividend of $2.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Campus Crest Communities does not pay a dividend. Sun Communities pays out 382.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Campus Crest Communities has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.3% of Sun Communities shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of Sun Communities shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Sun Communities and Campus Crest Communities, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sun Communities 0 2 4 0 2.67
Campus Crest Communities 0 0 0 0 N/A

Sun Communities presently has a consensus target price of $89.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.87%. Given Sun Communities’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sun Communities is more favorable than Campus Crest Communities.

Profitability

This table compares Sun Communities and Campus Crest Communities’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sun Communities 6.82% 2.59% 1.07%
Campus Crest Communities -31.59% -12.51% -3.56%

Summary

Sun Communities beats Campus Crest Communities on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sun Communities

Sun Communities, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is a fully integrated real estate company, which, together with its affiliates and predecessors, has been in the business of acquiring, operating, developing, and expanding manufactured housing (MH) and recreational vehicle (RV). As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated or had an interest in a portfolio of properties located throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada, including 226 MH communities, 87 RV communities, and 28 properties containing both MH and RV sites. The Company operates through two segments: Real Property Operations and Home Sales and Rentals. The Real Property Operations segment owns, operates, or has an interest in a portfolio, and develops MH communities and RV communities throughout the United States and is in the business of acquiring, operating, and expanding MH and RV communities.

About Campus Crest Communities

Campus Crest Communities, Inc. is a United States-based real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in owning and managing a student housing portfolio located close to college campuses. It operates through three segments: Grove and evo operations, Copper Beech operations and property management services. It operates its properties under brands, including The Grove, Copper Beech and evo. It has ownership interests in over 40 student housing Grove properties equipped with approximately 9,100 apartment units and over 24,700 beds. It holds ownership interests in over three evo properties as joint ventures equipped with approximately 1,500 units and over 3,000 beds. It holds interest in over 30 Copper Beech properties equipped with approximately 4,500 units and over 12,200 beds, and ownership interests in over five properties with approximately 1,700 units and over 4,300 beds. It has ownership interests in approximately 80 student housing properties across North America.

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